Wissahickon explodes past rpper aublin
fn the second quarter Friday night, it seemed as if every time Wissahickon eigh touched the football, the qrojans found the end zone.
qhe team was scoring touchdowns in rapid succession, four in the quarter, to be precise. qhey needed just 10 offensive plays and one special teams play to do so.
fn the second half, the defense also got in on the scoring. Wissahickon traveled to rival rpper aublin and defeated the Cardinals, 41-21.
With less than two minutes gone in the game, the qrojans connected on a S3yard scoring strike from 5DnGy )UDnkHnfiHOG WR GRUdon Bentley to quickly light up the scoreboard. Bentley produced on all sides of the ball Friday. ee would later return a punt 73 yards for a touchdown, and in the third quarter, it was Bentley’s strip of the ball and short turnover return, followed by his lateral to teammate hhalil Byrd, which resulted in a defensive touchdown for Wissahickon.
“We have a lot of threats on this team,” Bentley said, “and when you have that, anyone is capable of making a big play.
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I saw Khalil Byrd wide open right next to me. I just pitched the ball to him. He did the rest.”
Byrd went the remaining 62 yards into the end zone, at the time giving the Trojans (P-1 overall, 1-0 Suburban One American Conference) a 41-14 lead.
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Wissahickon’s Greg McDonough evades a tackle by Upper Dublin’s Tyler Forwalt during Friday’s Suburban One American Conference action.